5 Tips to Landing a Seasonal Job

Seasonal Job Blog

Are you looking to earn some extra spending money over the holidays through a seasonal job? You aren’t alone. Retailers are expected to add 755,000 temporary jobs this holiday season, and restaurant owners are preparing for high-volume traffic as shoppers wallets start to loosen for the holidays. This means the race is on to land a seasonal job!

While the “old way” of applying is still around, via paper applications and walk-in interviews, many companies have taken to mobile to streamline their apply and hiring processes (which is where we step in).

If you are looking to land a seasonal job, you’ll need to know what seasonal employers are looking for. Here are some things to add to your ZippyApp application so you can stand out from the pack and land the seasonal job you are looking for!

  1. Be flexible with your schedule.Are you able to work extended holiday hours and weekends? Hourly employers are on the lookout for you! A flexible work schedule is one of the first things a seasonal employer will look for on your application, so be sure to include the days, times, and hours you are available to work. But don’t say you are available certain days and times when you really aren’t – a tactic used by some just to land a job. Your employer will soon find out you are not as available as they initially thought, and could quickly find a replacement that offers a more flexible schedule.
  2. Play up your previous experience. Busy holiday hours means less time for training, so seasonal employers will be on the lookout for experienced workers. But just because you haven’t worked in a retail or restaurant setting before doesn’t mean you will be passed over. Do you have any customer service or customer support experience? Highlight those on your ZippyApp application.
  3. Show off your personality and attitude.Dealing with stressed out shoppers and diners is not something everyone can handle. Utilize our video resume feature to show off your positive attitude and bubbly personality. Then, give examples of how you have been able to turn a negative situation into a positive guest experience.
  4. Highlight your ability to multi-task. Seasonal job descriptions don’t mirror regular ones because oftentimes, seasonal workers have to wear many hats. Seasonal employers want to get the most they can out of each worker rather than have each worker do one set job. Include on your ZippyApp application all of the tasks and duties you have performed in past jobs, and include keywords such as “multi-task” and “fast-paced” to show you can handle busy holiday crowds.
  5. Demonstrate you are a fast learner.Showing you have exceled in past jobs can demonstrate to seasonal employers that you are quick learner. As we mentioned previously, seasonal employers don’t have much time and resources to train you during busy holiday months, so you will need to prove you can hit the ground running in your new role. Some ways to do this? Include that promotion you received after only a few months at your last job, or when you took on other duties that were not a part of your initial job description.

Celebrity First Hourly Jobs

Did you know some of today’s most popular celebrities started their careers on the same path that you are going down — through the hourly workforce? In fact, studies have shown that one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald’s. Believe it or not, your not so glamorous restaurant job can be your most defining, and set you on the path to bigger and better things.

A new year is on the horizon – can you believe we are just 6 weeks away from 2016? In the next few weeks as we approach the new year, we are going to provide advice to help set you up on a successful career path. Today’s Blog will take a look at celebrity first hourly jobs, to help show that your first job can be the most crucial of your career path. So whether it’s a quick-service restaurant or retail store at the mall, every person has to start somewhere in their career. Here are a few big names you won’t believe started the same way you are!

Harry Styles: Bakery Assistant
Before hitting it big with One Direction, Harry Styles worked at a bakery.

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Get started in your career like Harry Styles — we have Bakery jobs on our Job Board!

Carly Rae Jepsen: Barista 
Before her viral music hit, Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen worked as a Barista to pay for rent while she pursued her musical career.

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Check out our Barista jobs on on Job Board!

Rachel McAdams: Worked at McDonald’s
Before The Notebook and Dear John, Rachel McAdams worked at McDonald’s. She describes McDonald’s as “a great place to work.”

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Check our Job Board for open jobs at McDonald’s near you!

Crystal Reed: Ice Cream Scooper
Before her days starring in Teen Wolf, Crystal Reed scooped ice cream.

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Check out our jobs at CREAM Nation, Tin Pot Creamery, and other sweet shops here.

Beyoncé: Hair Styling Assistant
Before she ruled the world, Beyoncé swept hair off the floor of her mother’s hair salon.

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Who wouldn’t want to follow in Beyonce’s footsteps? We have Hair Stylist jobs near you on our Job Board!

Madonna: Jelly-Filler for Dunkin’ Donuts
Before she was the Material Girl of the 80’s, Madonna worked a minimum wage job at Dunkin’  Donuts.

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To get started in your career like Madonna, check out our jobs at Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme here.

Jim Carey & Jon Bon Jovi: Worked as Janitors
Before Jim Carey started working as a stand-up comedian and Jon Bon Jovi was livin’ on a prayer, they used to work as Janitors to support themselves and their families.

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We have  Janitorial or Custodian job opportunities on our Job Board!

QR-Scanning App Helps Restaurant Owners Find Employees

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[Originally posted to pizzamarketplace.com]

ZippyApp announced its new online marketplace for employers and hourly workers that’s leveraging mobile technology and social media to help employers recruit and hire well-qualified employees. Kamyar Faron, a Millennial hiring expert and ZippyApp CEO, created the app to make it as easy as possible for restaurants to hire more efficiently and job seekers to land jobs more quickly using their smartphones, according to a company announcement.

Rather than filling out multiple employment applications all asking for identical information, ZippyApp enables job seekers to complete one common job application online and submit it via smartphone, tablet or computer to apply to any restaurant in ZippyApp’s employer network. Job seekers learn about job openings from ZippyApp’s employer marketplace, and Facebook and Twitter feeds, and wherever they see ZippyApp’s window decal at an employer’s restaurant, they can scan the decal’s QR code with their smartphone and instantly apply for a job.

Restaurants using ZippyApp’s mobile tech tools can more easily recruit qualified, local job applicants, and more efficiently manage the interview and hiring process, the announcement stated, and Counter Burger, Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme, Jamba Juice and McDonald’s are among ZippyApp’s early adopters.

The Ultimate Balancing Act: How to Handle Being a Full-Time Student with a Part-Time Job

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It’s August, which means it’s back to school for many of you! In our last Blog we discussed 7 Benefits of Working in the Restaurant Industry, one of them being it offers its employees flexible working hours. Because of this, many younger restaurant employees are also enrolled in school. A study conducted by The National Restaurant Association shows 89% of workers under the age of 18 and 45% of workers between the ages of 18-24 are also enrolled in school. With the staggering cost of college tuition – the College Board says on average tuition was $9,000 for state and $23,000 for out-of-state residents at public colleges for the 2104-2015 school year – it’s no surprise that many students are forced to pull out their own wallets and get to work to pay up.

Juggling homework, work, and maintaining somewhat of a social life can be overwhelming, and make you feel like you are part of a 3-ring circus. Here are some helpful tips to keep you balanced through this next school year!

  • Let your employer know you’re a student. Many restaurants are willing to work with flexible schedules, and chances are they already have students on their staff. This means they are more understanding as far as scheduling goes – especially when it comes to finals week. If you are able to, it’s good to have a set schedule in the days and times you work, that way you can plan your other schedules accordingly.
  • Be assertive with your schedule needs. I made the mistake of being a pushover at my first college job, which landed me 35 hours a week on the schedule. Trying to balance that many working hours as well as a full-time school schedule just wasn’t possible. What sacrificed? My schoolwork, and I was put on academic probation (which followed me to the end of my college days). Learn from my mistake and be assertive with your needs – speak up if you are being given too many hours, or keep your work schedule to under 20 hours a week.
  • Plan ahead. Scan your syllabus for important dates, like when papers are due and the dates of quizzes and tests. Oftentimes – especially if you are going to school full-time – you will have a few due on the same day and/ or week. This means you will need to plan out weeks in advance to account for the workload. Creating a calendar for the semester is a great way to map it all out visually and keep you on track. Be sure to post your calendar somewhere in your household where your family members can see it to avoid them planning an event when you’re not available.
  • Build a flexible schedule. Some parts of your schedule are going to be set-in-stone, such as your classes and if possible, your work schedule. But your study times will vary week-to-week. It’s best to try and create a routine you can stick to, but are able to adjust if other things come up. As a working student, you will need to adapt and be prepared for new assignments and unexpected errands. Be sure to block off enough time in your schedule to study, that way if something unexpected pops up you can study another time that is already on your schedule.
  • Create daily and weekly “To-Do” lists. Personally, I’m a “To-Do” list admirer, everything from grocery shopping to packing, it all goes down on a list to help keep me organized. Writing out your daily and weekly tasks will help you keep track of what you have accomplished and what you still need to get done.
  • Plan out your academic path. Sit down with an Academic Advisor and discuss the classes you are required to take for your major. Sometimes (and I wish someone would have told me this sooner), a required class is only available one or two times per week, and they are at most unreasonable times — like a Wednesday from 4:00pm to 6:15pm. If you don’t take it this semester, you may get behind the next one. Your Academic Advisor will be able to map out these required classes, so you can plan your other schedules accordingly.
  • Set time aside for your family. As you fill-in your schedule, be sure to include time for your family and family obligations, like birthday parties and barbeques.
  • Schedule weekend time with friends. You’ll quickly notice between school, work, and family time, your social life kind of goes out the window. But it doesn’t have to. You’ll want to maintain your friendships, and just like anything else, you will need to schedule the time to do so. At the beginning of the week schedule time with your friends to hangout that following weekend.
  • Pencil in “Me” time. To avoid stress overload and a total burnout, it’s important to make sure to plan for yourself – even if it’s just an hour at the gym or a half an hour reading. Make time to keep yourself healthy and happy.
  • The jobs you hold in college are just an important in shaping your professional career as the classes you take. Keep this in mind through the constant juggling – you’ll thank yourself later down the line for balancing it all!

The 6 Success Factors for a New Job

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Congratulations on getting the job! Although you have passed through enough hurdles already – from having an eye-catching application to mastering pre-interview and interview etiquette –landing the job doesn’t mean your efforts should stop. In fact, the first few months at a new job are oftentimes a trial period to ensure the company has hired the right person. Even though everyone’s workplace is different, we all face the same challenges when we start a new job. Become a rockstar in your new position with these success tips!

  • Accept the “Newbie” status (and the grunt work that comes along with it). Chances are when you start a new job you’ll be asked to do some grunt work before you have any real responsibility. Showing good work ethic no matter what the task is you are assigned to do is what will set you apart from others. This means no complaining or disagreeing.
  • Ask questions. Managers like when you ask questions as it shows you are taking your new role seriously. Your manager wants to see you do your job correctly (they did hire you after all!), and the best way to make sure that happens is to ask questions. Be sure to actively listen and restate what your manager answers back to avoid miscommunication.
  • Take initiative. Asking questions when you need to and wanting to learn are great qualities to posses, but so is taking initiative. If you see an area that is lacking or something that needs to be done – like napkins that need to be folded or silverware that needs to be put away –doing it rather than asking permission will show you take initiative, which is another excellent quality to have.
  • Go above and beyond. Have you heard the term, “The more you put in, the more you get out?” Well this is especially true of any job you hold. Oftentimes, it’s not the person who does only their job that gets promoted – it’s the person who goes above and beyond what their role is. This means that even if a certain task is not in your job description, you do it — especially if your manager asks.
  • Keep organized and never miss a deadline. Being on time, getting your work done, and keeping yourself organized are important factors when starting a new job. Don’t come in late and make sure you always complete your tasks before you leave for the day.
  • Break time and time off etiquette. Although companies are required to give their employees breaks and lunches, asking when your next break will be does not leave a good impression. Your employer will believe you just see the job as a paycheck – not one that you enjoy doing. The same goes for time-off requests. If you already have a vacation planned before you accept your new position, be sure to let your new manager know as soon as possible (when you accept the position is the best time). Otherwise, wait until your 90-day trial period is over until you start asking for time off.

Do you have any success tips or advice to share? We’d love to hear from you! Post your comment below.